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Statement on Official Appointment of Eric Friedlander as Secretary of CHFS

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Every Kentucky kid and family won yesterday when Governor Beshear officially appointed Eric Friedlander as Secretary of the Cabinet of Health and Family Services. I have had the opportunity to work with and frankly assess more than a half dozen Cabinet Secretaries.  The formula for success – or the recipe for failure – is pretty clear. The Secretary has to [...]

By |2020-05-05T12:33:05-04:00May 5th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Bounce Coalition Joining Kentucky Youth Advocates to Expand Efforts to Build Resilient Families and Trauma-Informed Communities

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Louisville, KY – The Bounce Coalition is joining Kentucky Youth Advocates to further strengthen its efforts as a collaborative network of professionals and advocates that works to increase understanding of the impact of childhood trauma, address the root causes of poor health and inequities, and improve outcomes of all Kentucky children. “The Bounce Coalition has had success in working with agencies serving children to better understand the immense impact childhood trauma can have [...]

By |2020-04-22T11:17:45-04:00April 22nd, 2020|News Room|

Statement on Passage of the Final State Budget

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates As final state budget discussions shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and General Assembly had the needs of kids and families in mind. In the now one-year state budget, we’re celebrating wins and reflecting on areas in which our attention must focus on federal advocacy to ensure there aren’t gaps in critical programs and supports [...]

Statement on HB 47 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentuckians who are child victims of sexual abuse deserve to have their voices heard, and they are one step closer to that opportunity today with passage of House Bill 47 by the Kentucky House. HB 47, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler, creates an opportunity for child victims of sexual assault or abuse to seek justice through civil claims [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:37:55-04:00March 19th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on SB 40 Heading to the Governor’s Desk

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Child abuse is a community issue, and there are many ways to we can all play a role in prevention. Today, the Kentucky House confirmed state lawmakers’ role in prevention by passing Senate Bill 40 through consent orders. SB 40, championed by Senator Ralph Alvarado, will ensure foster care agencies have access to the necessary information about employees, [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:30:53-04:00March 19th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on SB 56 Heading to the Governor’s Desk

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With the e-cigarette epidemic impacting kids across the Commonwealth, we applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56 to ensure Kentucky complies with the new federal Tobacco-21 law, and we thank the Kentucky House for supporting its passage through consent orders today. This measure seeks to codify in state law a minimum legal sale age of 21 for tobacco [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:27:02-04:00March 19th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 158 Passing the House Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The negative impact of wrong-headed and irrationally high stakes accountability and assessment on Kentucky’s kids – and on dedicated public school professionals – is incalculable. Kentucky students must have a rigorous education system but also deserve one that is developmentally appropriate.  And Kentucky’s educators merit an accountability system that recognizes their expertise. Senate Bill 158, sponsored by Senate [...]

By |2020-03-18T09:37:09-04:00March 18th, 2020|Education, News Room|

Statement on HB 628 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates When children cannot remain safely with their parents, relatives and close family friends often step up to help care for them. Undertaking the full-time responsibility for raising a child – or children – who have experienced trauma often include physical, emotional, social, legal, and financial challenges for caregivers. These families need and deserve support so they can best [...]

By |2020-03-12T13:42:43-04:00March 12th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on HB 47 Passing the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentuckians who are child victims of sexual abuse deserve their voice to be heard, and House Bill 47 takes steps to ensure that happens. HB 47, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler and passed by the House Judiciary Committee today, creates an opportunity for child victims of sexual assault or abuse to seek justice through civil claims or to [...]

By |2020-03-11T13:17:04-04:00March 11th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on the Kentucky House State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Leaders in Frankfort frequently talk about our biennial state budget as really being a priority and value document rather than just a dollars and cents proposition. And the good news is the budget proposed by the Kentucky House, which passed the House floor with bipartisan agreement last week, places a strong priority on children and families. Among the [...]